Centers & Institutes

SF State is home to a diverse collection of world-class artists, philosophers, historians, political thinkers, broadcasters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians and creative writers. They are the spirit behind the the College of Liberal & Creative Arts — the College of Ideas — challenging artistic norms, experimenting across media, genre and traditions, engaging in the business of production and inspiring diverse local, national and international communities and audiences.

Our faculty members research and challenge intellectual paradigms, historical practices, cultural norms and policy. They are the force behind the College of Ideas — influencing public opinion on the military’s transgender policy, spreading awareness of disability issues, investigating classic archaeology and influencing thought in environmental and medical ethics, world literature and contemporary artistic practice.

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies with orchids on table in office

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies is the first and only academic institution of its kind -- dedicated to research and teaching about the historical and cultural experiences of the global Iranian diaspora community.

Visit the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies website

Center for Modern Greek Studies with Collection of Greek books and objects

Center for Modern Greek Studies

Promotes the study of modern Greek language, literature, history and culture of contemporary Greece in relation to its Byzantine and earlier Hellenic history and cultural achievements.

Visit the Center for Modern Greek Studies website

Annual Design and Industry Student Design Exhibition

Design Gallery

Building on the Design and Industry student exhibition’s 25th anniversary in 2014, the department and College plan to establish a permanent Design Gallery. It will feature exhibitions showcasing guest designers, students and faculty. Stand by for further updates.

Sound stage at Documentary Film Institute

Documentary Film Institute

This production hub and incubator aims to make SF State and the Bay Area a center for excellence in the documentary genre. Since its inception in 2005, it has screened more than 120 films and hosted more than 40 visiting filmmakers.

Visit the Documentary Film Institute website

Visitors at gallery exhibit

Fine Arts Gallery

Acclaimed professional exhibitions alternate with student-focused shows — all prepared by students. Professional exhibitions explore international contemporary art and historical examinations of the diversity of art in California and the West.

Visit the Fine Arts Gallery website

University Museum Egyptian Artifact

Global Museum

With collections from Latin America, Egypt, Oceania and Africa — some thousands of years old — this new space expands access to the University’s priceless global art. Graduate students in Museum Studies manage the collections.

Visit the SF State Global Museum

1970's protest by and for people with disabilities

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Part think tank, part cultural center, this pioneering institute introduces new ideas about disability and disabled people while also incorporating the topic into the curriculum University wide.

Visit the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability website

Media and Community Training Conference

Media and Community

Launched in fall 2015, the Lab for Media and Community sponsors projects that enable faculty, students and leaders from media and the community to come together to explore and improve the role of journalism in strengthening communities. Activities range from research to training to field testing of community media initiatives.

The Media and Community Website is Coming Soon

Afiara String Quartet

Morrison Chamber Music Center

Since the 1950s, this center has offered free concerts and topflight educational programs to develop new audiences and provide future generations of performers with mentorship by the world’s greatest practitioners (Afiara String Quartet pictured above). The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet is quartet-in-residence.

Visit the Morrison Chamber Music Center website

OLLI Conference

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The center is one of more than 115 learning communities around the U.S. that inspire seasoned adults to take a fresh look at themselves, the future, their generation and the world of possibilities. An active community of peers age 50 and above engage in learning through classes, interest groups and events at the downtown and main campuses.

Visit the OLLI website

Poetry Center workshop participants

Poetry Center

The center’s reading series, founded in 1954, is one of the longest-running such programs in the U.S. The archives is approaching 5,000 hours of original audio and video recordings documenting the reading series.

Visit the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives website

Making a documentary

Queer Cinema Project

Queer Cinema Project (QCP) is a hub for innovative approaches to the research, production, promotion and distribution of cinema that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience.

Visit the Queer Cinema Project website

Making a documentary

Veteran Documentary Corps

Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) empowers veterans and filmmakers from around the world to tell true stories about the veteran experience to other veterans and global citizens alike.

Visit the Veteran Documentary Corps website

In the News

Poetry Center Hosts Teaching Seminar on Tackling Social Justice Issues

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The event is going to feature two scholars who work with the Oakland based publication, Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia and Leroy F. Moore Jr.

Poetry Center Hosts Teaching Seminar on Tackling Social Justice Issues

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The event is going to feature two scholars who work with the Oakland based publication, Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia and Leroy F. Moore Jr.

University Institute Plans Nation's First Municipal Disability Cultural Center

San Francisco has a lot of unique cultural centers. There’s the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the United Irish Cultural Center, the Chinese Culture Center, the Croatian American Cultural Center and many more.

Alum Koji Lau-Ozawa Discusses His Research on Japanese Internment Camps

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Lau-Ozawa spoke to a gathering at SF State on Oct. 10 as part of the Conversations on Culture: Diaspora series started by SF State’s museum studies and anthropology departments at SF State’s Global Museum.

Superfest Encourages Students to Learn about Disabilities

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Students should attend the festival, whether or not they have a disability themselves, to gain new perspectives on people with disabilities and the creative impact disabled filmmakers are bringing to cinema,” said Emily Beitiks, ass

Superfest Disability Film Festival in Berkeley, SF Shows Anything is Possible

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The traveling film festival began in Los Angeles in 1970, and San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K.

Poetry Center Kicks Off Tripwire Cross-Cultural Series

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Writers, poets and literary translators Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who started the language experimentation collective Antena, opened the reading series with a reading of their original works at E.M.

Amati Trio Was Finalist in SF State's Galante Chamber Music Competition

CAPITAL RADIO (SACRAMENTO) -- The ensemble won first place at the 2016 Sacramento State University School of Music's Chamber Music Competition with a performance of Beethoven's Ghost Trio.

Poetry Center Hosts Award-Winning Queer Writers

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Both writers are masters of their voice. Knowing how to manipulate it into what they think and feel in their everyday lives as gay men and artists.

Two-Quartet Concert at SF State's Morrison Chamber Music Center

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- The Telegraph and Alexander Quartet string ensembles team up this weekend for a free concert presented by the Morrison Artist Series.